It is estimated that there are 1.2 million physicians of Indian Origin working in many countries of the world apart from India. There are 125,500 Physicians of Indian Origin working in the English speaking Western world (USA, UK, Australia and Canada combined), with the major constituent being from USA and UK. Between 10-30% of the physicians working in USA, UK, Canada and Australia have their roots in India. There are also significant number of Indian Physicians working in Middle East, South East Asia and Africa.
This substantial workforce of physicians is a valuable resource, which can help mobilize significant developments in the health field globally. This strong Diaspora of Indian doctors who are highly respected and powerful, need a common professional platform. There is a need for greater visibility and cohesion of these physicians. Their combined intellectual and technical strength can also be vital force in the development of the Indian healthcare sector.
V Annual Conference of GAPIO was successfuly held on 10th - 11th January 2015 at Chandigarh.
More than 300 delegates from overseas and India attended the Conference. Many pragmatic decisions were taken during the Executive Committee meeting held on 10th January 2015. Dr. Sanku Rao, President - GAPIO shared his views with members of Executive Council and members of President’s Council regarding Aragonda project and summarized his plans about the other areas which are important for GAPIO like control of NCDs, Dialysis in Chronic Kidney disease, Obesity etc. Dr. Ramesh Mehta emphasised on the need to create a forum for young physicians under the banner of GAPIO. He also emphasized the role of communication through electronic media. Dr. Anupam Sibal suggested formation of certain committees i.e. GAPIO stand on National Health Policy, Training and Research and GAPIO awards. Special Invitees to the President’s Council shared their views and ideas to take forward the agenda of GAPIO.
Renowned National and International faculty covered seven clinical sessions comprising of Cardiac Sciences, Gastroenterology and Liver Transplantation, Diabetes, Paediatrics, Neurosciences, Nephrology and Kidney Transplantation and Oncology which were highly appreciated by delegates.
Press conference was addressed by Dr. Sanku Rao, President – GAPIO, Dr. Ramesh Mehta, Vice President – GAPIO and Dr. Anupam Sibal, Secretary General – GAPIO along with the leadership of IMA.
Ms. Vini Mahajan, Principal Secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of Punjab inaugurated the conference.
Messages received from Shri. Narendra Modi, Hon’ble Prime Minister of India and Shri. J. P. Nadda, Hon’ble Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare wishing success to the conference were read during the evening function. Message from Dr. Prathap C. Reddy, Founder President of GAPIO was played during this function.
In order to bring awareness about Obesity and nutrition, a “GAPIO Obesity Health Walk” was organised at 7:30 AM on 11th January, 2015.
Life Time Achievement Award was conferred on two distinguished reputed personalities; Dr. Vinay Aggarwal from India and Dr. Gautam Bodiwala from UK in recognition of their significant contribution to healthcare in India and overseas.
GAPIO Service Excellence Award was conferred on eight doctors from different states in India for their contribution to community service and enhancement of membership of GAPIO.
Evening function concluded with Dinner and Entertainment Program.
One I-Pad and One Samsung Galaxy Note – 3 Neo were won by Dr. Shashi Saini and Dr. Arvind Gupta respectively as lucky prizes. Four Club Mahindra Holiday Coupons were also drawn and won by delegates who stayed till end of the conference.
International Conference of Indian Doctors Global
AIMGA in Collaboration with GAPIO, Sydney, Australia
A report by Dr. Shailja Chaturvedi – Conference convenor, GAPIO member
One of the most significant events in the field of Indian medicine in the last 5 years has been the birth of GAPIO to upstage the united strength of Indian doctors from around the world. It has provided the unprecedented opportunities for our colleagues to use their skills, resources, experience and wisdom in accomplishing their philanthropic aspirations. Inspired by the passion and enthusiasm of rapidly growing membership of GAPIO, an international conference was organised in Sydney on 30th and 31st of August, "Accomplishments and Aspirations of Global Indian Doctors" by Australian Indian Medical Graduate Association.
By all measures it was rated as successful despite its small number of fewer than 200 delegates. We were fortunate enough to receive the good wishes from the Prime Ministers and Health Ministers of India, Australia and Fiji. The delegates came from India, US, Malaysia, NZ and UK in addition to the local majority and from interstate.
We had excellent bunch of eminent speakers from India Australia and US covering the areas of transplant and robotic surgery in India, research and education, engagement with India and doctors as NGOs. Australia's high profile researchers and academics of Indian descent presented their best show making us realise that we are not far behind our US counterparts. We presented our request of working in collaboration with Indian government to the Consul General representing the High Commissioner who was overseas.
The conference was inaugurated by the Health minister of NSW who gratefully acknowledged the much appreciated contribution Indian doctors continue to make in Australia's highly efficient medical workforce. The keynote speaker Prof. Mukesh Haikerwal President of World Medical Association inspired us towards the leadership roles beyond our clinical responsibilities. Inherently humble and modest as Indians are, often get overlooked in their achievements and the significant contribution they make in every field of science and humanity. Conferences like the one in Sydney crystallise and highlight the role Indian doctors’ play in elevating the global health status.
The plenary address at the outset of the academic sessions The Alien Indian Doctor was presented by a renowned neuropsychiatrist Prof. Perminder Sachdev an AIIMS graduate who skilfully told the story of youthful adventurous doctor sharing the emotional, social and physical challenges of emigrating and immigrating.
Each presentation was enlightening with its latest scientific contents, the excellence and its capacity to translate for its ultimate goal its utility for The People.
The theme of the conference was directed not only towards boosting our confidence in providing the best possible services in our adopted country but to use our collective resource in lighting every corner of our ancestral home with world class health facilities. I am hoping that the chain will continue to grow towards the credibility of Indian doctors as dedicated, competent, altruistic knowledgeable and compassionate.
Kolkata: India is facing an epidemic of non-communicable diseases like diabetes, heart disease and cancer, according to Dr. Prathap C Reddy, chairman of Apollo Hospitals Group and founder president of Global Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (GAPIO).
“India is facing an epidemic of non-communicable diseases like diabetes, heart disease and cancer. It is estimated that by 2020, cardiovascular disease will be the cause of over 40 per cent deaths in India as compared to 24 per cent in 1990. By 2030, India will have the largest number of diabetic patients and will become the capital of diabetic patients in world. This is a dubious distinction that we do not need,” Dr Reddy said while speaking at a two-day international conference of GAPIO that began on January 11 here to discuss solutions in healthcare for improving health worldwide.
Addressing the delegates, Amit Mitra, minister of finance, commerce and industry, Govt of West Bengal, said he supported the idea of mass health insurance at a very low cost premium, availability of low cost generic medicines through public distribution system for public at large and role of telemedicine in providing healthcare to people in remote areas.
During the conference US-based gastroenterologist Dr Sanku Rao took over as president of GAPIO; UK-based paediatrician and neonatologist Dr Ramesh Mehta as vice president; Dr Anupam Sibal, paediatric gastroenterologist, hepatologist and group medical director of Apollo Hospitals, as secretary general Dr Nandakumar Jairam, chairman, Columbia Asia Hospitals, as joint secretary and US-based allergist and immunologist Dr Sudhir Parikh as treasurer.
Dr Rao informed the delegates that GAPIO had assisted in developing a web portal known as SwaasthIndia.com (www.swasthindia.in) in collaboration with American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI), USA and British Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (BAPIO), UK to provide essential healthcare services at various locations in India with the help of doctors from India and overseas.
“The website will act as a matchmaking portal where Indian medical diaspora can view and apply for these opportunities put up on this portal by various state governments,” he said.
The conference was attended by over 300 delegates from India and overseas particularly from US, UK, Australia, Russia, Africa and Middle East. Renowned national and international faculty spoke at seven clinical sessions comprising of cardiac sciences, neurosciences, diabetes, gastroenterology and liver transplantation, robotics, nephrology/kidney transplantation and oncology, according to a statement by GAPIO.
At the conference Dr Sandip Mukerjee — Dr B C Roy National Awardee, former honorary surgeon to the President of India and past president of Delhi State Chapter, Association of Surgeons of India — and Dr Sudhir Parikh were honoured with the GAPIO Lifetime Achievement Awards. GAPIO Service Excellence Award was given to 14 GAPIO members.
GAPIO was envisaged by Dr Prathap Reddy; Dr Sanku Rao, past president, AAPI; and Dr Ramesh Mehta, president, BAPIO. It was launched in New Delhi in January 2011 to bring together 1.2 million physicians of Indian origin in the world on one professional platform. This substantial work force of physicians is a valuable resource, which can help to mobilize significant developments in the healthcare globally.
GAPIO has representation from 26 countries at present.
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